Fierce battle for play-off places continues

  • Czech Republic's skip Anna Kubeskova © WCF / Michael Burns

Although Canada, Germany, China and Czech Republic all won in Friday (23 March) morning’s 18th round-robin session of the Ford World Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada, no more teams qualified for the play-offs.

Canada, Sweden and Korea have already booked their places.

With Italy, Korea, Russia, Scotland and Sweden all sitting out the session, Canada faced Japan and in the third end their skip Jennifer Jones hit out a Japanese stone to score three points and take a 4-1 lead on the way to an 8-5 win. This win guarantees that they will go direct to the semi-finals on top of the rankings.

Switzerland played Germany in this session and in the eighth end, Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch drew her last stone into the house to score three points and take a 10-5 lead. Germany went on to win by 10-6 when they ran Switzerland out of stones.

In the first end of the game between Denmark and China, Danish skip Angelina Jensen hit out a Chinese stone sitting in a busy house to open the scoring with three points. After this, China fought back, to win by 10-9.

In the fourth game of this session, United States faced Czech Republic, knowing that a win would qualify them for the play-offs. The teams were tied at 6-6 going into the tenth end, with United Sates having last stone advantage, but United States skip Jamie Sinclair was heavy with the last stone of the game, to give the Czechs a steal of two points and an 8-6 win.

They said it

Alzbeta Baudysova; third, Czech Republic (after 8-6 win over United States): “We are really happy because we didn’t expect this before we came here. But, we still hope for more, because we are really close to the play-offs so hopefully we will do it. Everyone thinks about this before, that a medal would be great, but it was something in the sky for us. We just came here, enjoyed every game and hoped to win as many as we can. The crowd here is the best crowd we have ever seen. Even if we are not the favourites, we enjoy that everyone is clapping and cheering even if you lose your game.”

Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 10-6 win over Switzerland): “We have been struggling all week and although we felt great all week long, that is not reflected in the results. We still know what we’re doing and we know that what we’re doing is good, but sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

Results after session 18: Japan 5-8 Canada; Germany 10-6 Switzerland; Denmark 9-10 China; United States 6-8 Czech Republic

Standings after session 18

Q Canada 11-0
Q Sweden 10-1
Q Korea 7-3
Russia 6-4
Czech Republic 6-5
United States 6-5
China 5-6
Japan 4-7
Switzerland 4-7
Scotland 3-7
Denmark 3-8
Germany 3-8
Italy 2-9

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